I have to tell you, I’m crazy excited about my projects for this week.  In fact I secretly want to set the blog to post RIGHT NOW so that you can have a sneak peek of what we will be featuring next!  However, I will be good and set it for 9AM sharp!  So what does today’s steal mean for you?  It means that you too can have fun crafting with envelopes, and Today’s Steal…the DCWV Cards and Envelope kits are the PERFECT option for having a little ‘out of the box’ fun.

I don’t know about you, but the closer we get to the Holidays, the more and more I think that I may brave it this year and make cards to send out.  The 5.5 x 5.5 sized cards included in today’s steals are a wonderful palate for creating.  I love that these kits include the envelopes and there is no need to go cutting in to a delicious (and let’s face it….EXPENSIVE) piece of cardstock to make the base of a card.  Why not take the expense and time out of creating Holiday cards by using the pre-made bases!

I fished around for some scraps and this is the card that I came up with!

Now you may be asking yourself if  you purchased today’s steals, what on Earth you would do with some long letter sized envelopes.  Here is where the fun, fun, FUN part comes in.  :)  Let me show you!

I had such a blast with these glorious stacks of colored delight trying to think outside the box as to what they can be used for.  I mean the obvious is a given…you can send your bills in them.  Seriously.  What person wouldn’t want a little happy colored mail to open and hey…if we have to send our money away, we  may as well allow it to travel in style.  ;)

I then thought to the next most obvious use for envelopes and that would be Holiday cards.  It’s that time of year where so many of us take the time to write an annual update to send along to our friends and family.  Why not add some stamping to the outside of the envelopes so that they are filled with just a little extra holiday cheer!

You can even create a coordinating card to go with an envelope.

I even got a little creative with my Silhouette and cut out a shape on the front of the envelope and inserted a scrap of patterned paper to the inside of the card to show through the window!

My next thought was of how fun it would be to create a ’12 Days of Christmas’ gift book for my husband.  I’m so beyond excited to give this to him that I can hardly stand it!  The colors of the envelopes, mixed with the ability to seal shut the daily ‘gifts’ is SO fun!

I first chose 12 envelopes (3 different colors) and added eyelets to each one for reinforcement.  I bound them together using jump rings.

I decorated each page in an identical fashion, simply to make the process super easy and fast!

I created little ‘coupons’ to insert into each envelope.  (Granted, I’m a little afraid of what I may be getting myself into!  Hee hee!)

I added ribbon to the rings to finish it off!

I then sat staring at the other divine colors of envelopes and my creative wheels started churning again.  I’ve seen cute envelope books before, perfect for storing receipts or coupons or even for budgeting money!

I however, thought it would be fun to make a little ‘annual’ pocket album for a baby.  Somewhere to keep memorabilia, growth charts from checkups, ticket stubs from special events, hand prints, foot prints, you name it…..

I know I didn’t put the book together in the traditional fashion, but wanted to have a working area to put a photo from each  month.  Here is how I put it together, sticking the flap of one envelope to the lower backside half of another one.  I put together enough envelopes to have a different pocket for each month of the year.

I then decorated the front…

….and the backsides of each envelope, using a circle punch to punch out a new opening tab for the pocket. (Just remember not to put adhesive across the top of the paper, but only where the envelope makes contact with the patterned paper, or you will seal off your pocket!)

I also included an additional pocket by adding a rectangle of patterned paper to the lower half of the left hand side of each ‘page’.  I  didn’t use adhesive at the top, and simple enough…another pocket.

I also included a photo matt on the right hand side of each page for a monthly photo….

I finished it up by adding a little ribbon to keep it closed.  Seriously.  So.  Much.  Fun!

What is also fun is being able to announce the winner of our 12,000 fans blog post!  All of us at ScrapbookSteals are so touched by your kind comments and words.  Melodee and I discuss daily how lucky we are to have each of you in our lives.  You are simply the best!

Our lucky random winner of the Prima kit is commenter number 202, Kelly Marks.

Kelly says:

I love the MWM’s! They have inspired me to start my scrapbooking again. And looking through the photos is also great inspiration! I love how everyone is so encouraging! And you can’t beat the prices on the amazing products!

Congrats Kelly!  Send us your address to orders@scrapbooksteals.com and we will get this lovely Prima collection sent out to you!